The hypocrisy of the West is showing .... especially when it comes to the media. The focus is always on the Middle East and hardly ever on the regions of Africa that need it the most!
Searching roadsides, bushes and fields, environmental agency workers have recovered the bodies of 143 civilians killed by suspected extremists, an official said of one of the highest death tolls in an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria.
Two soldiers and three police officers also were killed, according to a soldier who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press during a visit Thursday with Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, who was under heavy military protection.
The private said extremists disguised in military fatigues attacked in about 20 pickup trucks and two light tanks firing anti-aircraft guns that overwhelmed soldiers armed only with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
He indicated that the soldiers actually led the attackers to the village.
"We had to retreat to our base to reinforce after running out of ammunition. We had to run for our lives," said the private, who said he hid in a millet plantation. "But they followed us down and surrounded our base and began to shell our building. We couldn't stand the heat of their superior firepower. We had to retreat into the village after they killed two of our soldiers and three policemen."
He said the attackers finally retreated in triumph, taking off with an additional four military patrol trucks and two light armored tanks........